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September Events in Ashikita

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Ashikita Music Festival

 

Date: 10th September 2017
Venue: Yume moyai  (芦北町女島活力推進センターゆめもやい)
Doors open at 16:00 Performance starts 17:00
Tickets are ¥3000 in advance (need to be booked by phone) or ¥3300 on the day
To book, please call 080-5041-1698

 

Enjoy an evening of live music performed by some of Japan’s leading jazz musicians, featuring performances from latin jazz group Don De Don and acoustic duo Rain.Dog. There will also be an outdoor market and food stalls from some of Ashikita’s best-loved restaurants so there has never been a better time to come visit this beautiful seaside town!

 

Ashikita Moon Viewing Festival

 

Date: 5th September 2017
Venue: Shiroyama Sky Dome
Doors open 17:00
Performance starts 18:00
Ticket price  ¥2500

 

In Ashikita, September’s traditional moon viewing party or kangetsukai means a chance to celebrate traditional Japanese culture.
As well as a chance to see scenes from two different Noh plays, the festival will also feature performances from Shirayuri Gakuen High School Koto Club and the Ashikita Matchlock Gun Troop.
(For more information, please see the flyer attached)

Upcoming Kuma Gun Events

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Looking for an excuse to go explore the tranquil mountainous Kuma area of Kumamoto? Whether you want to sample some renowned Kuma Shochu or be a part of traditional Japanese festivals, check out the table below for upcoming events. (If you don’t drive, Hitoyoshi City can also be reached by train directly, and Asagiri can be reached by train after changing at Hitoyoshi. )

Date Time Event Place Cost

August

Aug 27th Evening Summer festival (Comedy, scary tales and food stalls) Asagiri Free

September

Sep 21st Morning onwards 33 Kanon statue pilgrimage All over Kuma-gun

October

Oct 9 Okunchi Matsuri – you carry a shrine to bring good fortune to you and your family Aoi Aso Shrine, Hitoyoshi
Late October Maple leaves Fumoto castle ruins at Asagiri Free

Aso Citizen’s Recovery Festival

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There is a festival on 19th of August in Uchinomaki, Aso!

There will be free entry to hot springs and a fireworks show. Each company/group will do the bonodori dance. The B.O.E. usually participates every year and they change their colours too.  The hospital workers will wear green happi coats, the city hall will wear purple, the firemen will wear red etc. The food stalls are awesome!

See the blog post below for more details (in English and Japanese)

https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/denku_franck2711/56499450.html

Hinokuni Festival – Looking for Participants!

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The 40th Hinokuni Festival will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017! The Hinokuni Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Kumamoto with the highlight of the festival being the Otemoyan Dance on Saturday night that takes place in downtown Kumamoto City.

All Kumamoto JETs are invited to dance in the Otemoyan Dance with the Kencho team. You can learn the dance right before the festival starts, so no previous dance skills are required! The dance will start at 19:00 on August 5, but the meeting time and place will be announced later.

If you are Kumamoto JET and are interested in participating in the Otemoyan Dance, please let Laura (PA) know by Wednesday, July 19. It doesn’t matter if you are leaving or an incoming JET, as long as you are here on August 5 you can participate. In addition, friends and family are more than welcome to join. You can contact Laura at the Kumamoto PA email address or at lauramcghee10@gmail.com.

It is free to participate and the Kencho will provide happi (coats) to all participants. However, they do request that you wear white shorts. If you do not own white shorts you can order them through the kencho for 1,200 yen. If you would like to order white shorts for the dance (sizes S, M, L, LL, and 3L), please say so.

For more information about the festival itself, please check out the Hinokuni Festival website.

International Cafe in Minamata

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Here is a message from Erika, our Minamata CIR,  about a new event:
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Would you like to get out of the empty office a little during summer vacation? Then do I have the thing for you!
You are cordially invited to Minamata City’s inaugural International Cafe on August 3. Take the day off work to explore a little-known part of the prefecture and meet people from all over the world! Please see the flyer below for more information and the sign-up form.
I realize that this is a particularly busy time for new and leaving JETs, but we hope you can attend!
Note: You are responsible for your own transportation to Minamata. Also, we cannot guarantee that this will be treated as a work event. Please discuss with your contracting organization, but be aware that you may have to use nenkyu to attend.
Please direct questions and sign ups to Erika in the Minamata city office (erika-e@minamata.city.lg.jp; 0966-61-1606).
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Be sure to check out the flyer: The First Ever International Cafe in Minamata

2017 Leaver’s Meeting Photos

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On Friday, June 23, we held a meeting for Kumamoto JETs who will be leaving the JET Programme this summer. Thank you to everyone who attended, thank you to our speakers, and thank you to Governor Kabashima and Kumamon!

The leaving JETs discussed many things, including the challenges they have faced on JET, what they will miss after leaving Kumamoto, and what they are looking forward to (eating “real” cheese, apparently). We hope that this meeting was beneficial to all who attended!

We wish everyone the best of luck in their post-JET lives!

If you would like more information on the procedures and necessary preparation for after JET, please take a look at the Information Packet for Non-Reappointing JETs.

And… pictures!

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International Friendship Festival 2016

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20161127_132816Thank you to everyone who came to the International Friendship Festival on November 27!

And an extra special thank you to everyone who volunteered at the festival! This year, we had a number of JETs participate in the festival by running booths, performing on stage, and helping out with general (but necessary and hugely appreciated!) volunteer work.

If you missed it this year, please consider volunteering or attending next year! 😉

Here are some photos from the event.

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Event – International Friendship Festival

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Hey, everyone!

This Sunday, November 27 is the International Friendship Festival!international-friendship-festival-color-flyer

If you have free time and happen to be in the area, please stop by! Several JETs will be participating in the festival and they would surely love your support. There will be booth exhibits, a bazaar, a world gourmet food corner, a cultural exchange corner, stage performances, tea tasting, kimono dress up, and more! There will also be a stamp rally with prizes.

The festival will be held at Hotel Eminence (https://goo.gl/maps/FBFNjvFHwDo) in Mashiki from 11:00 to 16:00. The event is free to attend, but bring some money for food and shopping.

Click here to see the event program flyer (in Japanese).

This is a good chance to connect with the international community within Kumamoto Prefecture.
Hope to see you there!

Oh, and maybe bring a rain jacket…!

Event – Mizuakari Festival

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Still looking for something to do for the three-day weekend coming up?

Come see some beautiful handmade lanterns in Kumamoto City! There will be bamboo and paper lanterns all around the Hanabatacho area of the city and near Kumamoto Castle.

mizuakari-festival-imageOctober 8 (Sat.), 18:00 – 22:00
October 9 (Sun.), 18:00 – 21:00

Hanabata Park
Near the statue of Kato Kiyomasa (across from the International Center)
Near Johsaien
Ninomaru Park
Kato Shrine

Click here for more information about the festival (Japanese only).

2016 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for ES Students

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The second annual Elementary School Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp was held on Saturday, October 1. Elementary school students from all over the prefecture came to Hotel Terrsa in Kumamoto City to participate in the camp. Together with Kumamoto ALTs, the students enjoyed a full day of English communication and cultural exchange!

There was also a special guest this year… Kumamon!

Here are a bunch of photos from the camp. Take a look!

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